If you’ve embarked on the journey to become a Preventive Healthcare Champion for your practice, and the practice owner has been receptive to the concept, kudos to you for effectively outlining the positive impact the Champion's project will have on the practice, clients, patients and staff. Bask in a job well done, but prepare yourself for the next step…getting the commitment in writing!
The formal agreement may seem like a tedious next step, however, it is essential to the success of the project. The agreement will provide the framework for future activity and reinforce the practice manager’s and practice owner’s buy-in to preventive pet healthcare and clearly delineate responsibilities.
Page 18 of Preventive Pet Healthcare: Your guide to becoming a PRACTICE CHAMPION contains a sample agreement, which can be used as-is or as a starting point for drafting an agreement that better reflect the needs of the practice. A signed agreement will eliminate confusion and set a clear path for the future. Without it, the project can become just another good idea that goes nowhere.
Getting to Work on the Agreement
A basic agreement should express each stakeholder’s signed commitment to preventive pet healthcare and an acknowledgement of the role each will play to ensure the success of the project. More details can be added and the document can be expanded to address issues and responsibilities that signatories deem essential.
Before preparing the agreement, review the workbook sample. Once a draft document is created, solicit the practice owner’s feedback. When both parties agree on the document’s content, the agreement is ready to be signed.
Once the document is singed, the practice manager is one step closer to championing Preventive Pet Healthcare! Congratulations!
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Next month…Engaging the Team!